ASJA Conferences and Events

ASJA's 46th Annual Writers Conference

Date: May 5 & 6, 2017 / Location: Roosevelt Hotel, New York City

Calendar of Events (live links offer more details)
April  Mini Virtual Client Connections April 2017 3/4-3/6
New Member Orientation 
  Client Connections Registration  4/20-25/2017
  ASJA Awards Reception 5/5/2017
May Shop Talk
Special Interest Groups 
June Shop Talk
Members Only: Virtual Client Connections
Early June
July Members Only: Virtual Pitch Slam  Early July
  July Shop Talk 7/19/2017
Aug SIG Registration  8/14/2017
  August Shop Talk 8/16/2017
Sept  September Shop Talk 9/15/2017
  Members Only: Virtual Pitch Slam Late Sept
Oct SIG Registration  10/02/2017
  SIG Runs 10/16-11/12/2017
  October Shop Talk 10/18/2017
Nov November Shop Talk 11/15/2017
  ASJA Conference in Chicago 11/17-18/2017
  ASJA Conference: Spotlight on Ghosting 11/17/2017
  ASJA Conference: Content Connections 11/18/2017
Dec  December Shop Talk 12/20/2017
Jan TBD  
Feb ASJA "Deep in the Heart of Texas" Writers Conference, Austin 2/03/2018


  • A blank piece of paper is God's way of telling us how hard it is to be God.
    – Sidney Sheldon
  • A critic is a man who knows the way but can't drive the car.
    – Kenneth Tynan
  • A good many young writers make the mistake of enclosing a stamped, self–addressed envelope, big enough for the manuscript to come back in. This is too much of a temptation to the editor.
    – Ring Lardner
  • A young musician plays scales in his room and only bores his family. A beginning writer, on the other hand, sometimes has the misfortune of getting into print.
    – Marguerite Yourcenar
  • All the words I use in my stories can be found in the dictionary – it's just a matter of arranging them into the right sentences.
    – Somerset Maugham
  • Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs.
    – Christopher Hampton
  • Being a writer is like having homework every night for the rest of your life.
    – Lawrence Kasdan
  • Copy from one, it's plagiarism; copy from two, it's research.
    –Wilson Mizner
  • Everywhere I go I'm asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them.
    – Flannery O'Connor
  • I just wrote a book, but don't go out and buy it yet, because I don't think it's finished yet.
    – Lawrence Welk
  • I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.
    – Douglas Adams
  • I'm writing a book. I've got the page numbers done.
    – Stephen Wright
  • It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up because by that time I was too famous.
    – Robert Benchley
  • It's a damn poor mind that can only think of one way to spell a word.
    – Andrew Jackson
  • Most writers can write books faster than publishers can write checks.
    – Richard Curtis
  • No fathers or mothers think their own children ugly; and this self–deceit is yet stronger with respect to the offspring of the mind.
    – Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
  • There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.
    –Somerset Maugham
  • Writing a novel is like paddling from Boston to London in a bathtub. Sometimes the damn tub sinks. It's a wonder that most of them don't.
    – Stephen King
  • Writing a novel is like spelunking. You kind of create the right path for yourself. But, boy, are there so many points at which you think, absolutely, I'm going down the wrong hole here.
    – Chang–rae Lee
  • Your manuscript is both good and original, but the part that is good is not original, and the part that is original is not good.
    –Samuel Johnson